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GNU hackers unmask massive HACIENDA surveillance program and design a countermeasure

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, August 22, 2014 -- GNU community members and collaborators have discovered threatening details about a five-country government surveillance program codenamed HACIENDA. The program employs a technology known as port-scanning to map every server in twenty-seven countries and detect vulnerabilities to be exploited.

US Supreme Court makes the right decision to nix Alice Corp. patent, but more work needed to end software patents for good

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Thursday, June 19, 2014 -- Today the
United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled a prominent software
patent invalid in the case of Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, saying that
implementing an abstract idea on a computer does not make that idea

FSF condemns partnership between Mozilla and Adobe to support Digital Restrictions Management

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Wednesday, May 14th, 2014 — In response to Mozilla's announcement that it is reluctantly adopting DRM in its Firefox Web browser, Free Software Foundation executive director John Sullivan made the
following statement:

Global community rallies for International Day Against DRM

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 -- Today a wide variety of community groups, activist organizations and businesses are taking part in the 8th International Day Against DRM ( The groups are united in envisioning a world without Digital Restrictions Management, technology that places arbitrary restrictions on what people can do with digital media, often by spying on them. As the largest anti-DRM event in the world, the International Day Against DRM is an important counterpoint to the pro-DRM message broadcast by powerful media and software companies.

Free Software Foundation statement on Heartbleed vulnerability

Today, news broke of a major security vulnerability in
OpenSSL. The bug, which is being referred to as "heartbleed",
allows unauthorized access to information protected, under
normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure much
of the Internet. In response to the news, Free Software
Foundation executive director John Sullivan made the following

Matthew Garrett, GNOME Foundation's Outreach Program for Women are Free Software Award winners

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Saturday, March 22nd, 2014 — Free
Software Foundation president Richard M. Stallman announced the
winners of the FSF's annual Free Software Awards at a ceremony on
Saturday, March 22nd, held during the LibrePlanet 2014 conference
at MIT, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Two awards were given: the
Award for the Advancement of Free Software, and the Award for
Projects of Social Benefit.

FSF joins forces with Software Freedom Law Center and Open Source Initiative to fight software patents in U.S. Supreme Court

BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA -- Friday, February 28, 2014 -- The Free
Software Foundation (FSF) joined the Software Freedom Law Center
(SFLC) and the Open Source Initiative (OSI) in filing a brief
amici curiae in software patent case Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank
before the United States Supreme Court yesterday.